Structural Design for Lateral Loads and Stability

Online /
Feb 26 - 28, 2024 /
Course Code: 14-0223-ONL24

  • Overview
  • Syllabus
  • Instructor


Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 3 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

10 am to 6 pm Eastern Time

After participating in this course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Incorporate the basic principles of horizontal loads and their effect on buildings when designing structures
  • Apply knowledge of the changes made to NBCC to different structural bracing systems
  • Develop different vertical systems to resist lateral loads on concrete and steel structures, floor diaphragm, and foundation walls
  • Analyze the effect of lateral forces on bracing and structural systems
  • Design braced frames and concrete shear walls for buildings

The structural stability of buildings depends on their ability to withstand vertical and horizontal loads. It is essential to understand stability and load calculations based on the recent National Building Code of Canada. Lateral loads lead to increases in internal forces and can affect the stability of the whole structure.

This seminar demonstrates the effect of lateral loads on structures, the requirements and designs of different lateral resisting systems. We will discuss theoretical concepts and practical methods to design lateral structural systems in different structures. To ensure a thorough understanding, the course also includes several design examples that will be solved in workshops.

Course Outline:

  • Wind load theory and calculations
  • Special wind cases
  • Earthquake load theory and calculations
  • Layout considerations of lateral resisting systems
  • Different types of lateral bracing systems in steel structures
  • Types of lateral resisting systems in concrete structures
  • Braced frames design
  • Concrete shear walls types and analysis
  • Diaphragm action and analysis
  • Lateral earth pressure and shoring types

Who Should Attend:
Civil Engineers • Structural Engineers • Designers • Consulting Architects and Engineers • Construction Engineers • Fabricators and Manufacturers of Structural Systems • Municipal Building Officials • Field Reviewers

Participants need to be prepared to design exercises using their own design table and materials, and please ensure you have a calculator available to use.

For better interaction and understanding of the course material, it is highly recommended that every attendee has their laptop/computer with their webcam activated for the duration of the course. 

More Information

Time: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Eastern Time

Please note: You can check other time zones here.


Day I

  • Welcome, Introduction, Workshop Preview, Learning Outcomes, and Assessment Method
  • National Building Code of Canada
  • Wind Load Theory and Calculations
  • Special Wind Cases
  • Design Examples
  • Earthquake Load Theory and Calculations
  • Design Examples
  • Layout Considerations of Lateral Resisting Systems
  • Different Types of Lateral Bracing Systems in Steel Structures
  • Types of Lateral Resisting Systems in Concrete Structures
  • Workshop I

Under instructor guidance, participants work on case studies with given wind loads and lateral loads.

Day II

  • Concrete Shear Walls Types and Analysis
  • Design Example
  • Braced Frames Design
  • Example
  • Workshop II

Under instructor guidance, participants work on case studies with steel frames and concrete shear walls.


  • Diaphragm Action and Analysis
  • Design Examples
  • Lateral Earth Pressure and Shoring Types
  • Foundation Design Considerations
  • Conclusion and Review

Under instructor guidance, participants work on a case study for the diaphragm design of concrete floors, retaining walls and foundation design.

Questions and Answers, Feedback on Achievement of Learning Outcomes


Hossam Saleh, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Dr. Saleh has over 23 years of experience in teaching, research, design and consulting in structural design in Canada, Germany and the Middle East.

He is experienced in steel, concrete; including pre-stressed and pre-caste concrete structures, concrete technology and participated in different research topics such as; walls of high strength concrete, fibre reinforced concrete and precast concrete columns. Dr. Saleh has been teaching in Germany, Canada, Dubai and Egypt, and assisted in publication of a structural design concrete book in Germany based on the European Codes. 

Dr. Saleh has worked with worldwide renowned consulting offices such as Halcrow Yolles in Toronto, Buro Happold in Dubai and NORR Ltd. in Toronto. He worked with developers, architects and project managers on high rise, midrise office, residential and institutional buildings. Dr. Saleh is the founder of Can Consulting Hansa Inc. in Toronto.

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Fee & Credits

$1995 + taxes

  • 2.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 21 Continuing Professional Development Hours (PDHs/CPDs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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